Category Archives: District News

April Update

April 2017

To the Kent community,

We are looking ahead to a great spring filled with special events and concerts recognizing our terrific students. Here are just some of the activities planned for April.

Wednesday, April 19 ∙ 7 p.m.
Kindergarten Registration Night
at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls elementaries

All-day kindergarten is offered at no cost to students in the Kent City Schools. Kindergarten Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at7:00 p.m. at Davey, Holden, Longcoy, and Walls Elementary Schools. Parent/guardian(s) must register their child at their assigned attendance area school. Parent/guardian(s) of children who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2017, should plan to attend. Please complete the online 2017-18 New Student Enrollment Form at The links to the necessary registration forms are also available on this page. Please print and complete them, and bring them to Registration Night.If computer access is needed, registration packets will be available for early pick-up beginning Thursday, April 13, 2017, at each of these buildings. Computers will be available that night for any parent/guardian(s)unable to complete the New Student Enrollment Form prior to Registration Night.

Thursday, April 20 ∙ 6:30 p.m.
Davey Elementary
Davey Expo

Saturday, April 22 ∙ 10 a.m.
Roosevelt High School
Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and RHS DECA Community Expo

Tuesday, April 25 ∙ 7 p.m.
Roosevelt High School
Stanton Spring Choir Concert

Wednesday, April 26 ∙ 6:30 p.m.
Davey Elementary
First Grade Concert

Thursday, April 27 ∙ 7 p.m.
Roosevelt High School
Stanton Band Concert

Saturday, April 29 ∙ 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt High School
Junior-Senior Prom

Meet our ILEP Scholars from Philippines, Uganda
Two teachers, who are part of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) at Kent State University, are working with students at Stanton Middle School. The ILEP program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and brings outstanding teachers from around the world to the U.S

Jannet Nambaziira and Graziella Decano

Jannet Nambaziira and Graziella Decano

Graziella Decano from the Philippines is teaching with Sarah Canter and Jannet Nambaziira from Uganda is teaching with Lindsay Potok.

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,


George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

March Update

March 2017

To the Kent community:

Kindergarten Registration Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at our elementary schools. Parents with students that will be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2017 should plan to attend.  Please click this press release link for more details.

Nominations needed for Kent City Schools Hall of Fame
Kent City Schools Hall of Fame committee is soliciting nominations for the Classes of 2017 and 2018.  An induction ceremony and dinner, held every other year to recognize two classes of honorees, is planned for April 2018. 

Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame honors graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School who have made exceptional achievements in their field or unique contributions to their community.  Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago and cannot be current employees of the Kent City Schools. Permanent plaques commemorating each honoree are displayed in the Roosevelt auditorium atrium. 

Nomination forms are available on the Kent City Schools website at  Or you can click on Community  to find the Hall of Fame link. Pick up and return forms to the Kent Board of Education office.  Mail to Hall of Fame Committee, attention Superintendent George Joseph, at 321 North DePeyster, Kent, OH 44240 or call the Superintendent’s office at 330-676-7610 for details.

Celebrating National African American History Month
As part of our celebration of National African American History Month in February, many of our teachers and principals have developed initiatives to share the contributions African Americans have made to our society.  At Roosevelt High School, our Social Studies department encouraged each high school teacher to spend time talking about the contributions of African Americans in specific subject areas, such as science and math.  In addition, students hear highlights about the career pathway of an African American Roosevelt graduate as part of the daily announcements.

Project Unity members organized a project to honor 16 African Americans, who graduated from Roosevelt and have excelled in their professions.  According to club advisor Tahira Habeeb-Butler, students researched the careers of alums and posted photos and biographies in the library display case as a way to bring “a greater sense of pride and unity to our alma mater.”  Roosevelt alums honored include:

  • Cameron Black II – Player Development Assistant for the NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • Trent Boykin – Assistant Coach (Running Backs) at The University of Akron
  • Jason Butler – Award-winning teacher and journalist
  • Michele Ridenour-Comeaux – Award-winning teacher and track coach
  • Maya (Gilbert) Dunbar – Los Angeles-based actress, writer and producer
  • Aaliyah Habeeb – New York City-based actress, teaching artist, writer and producer
  • Billy Hawkins – President of Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama
  • Mike Pechac – Director of Player Development (football) at Indiana University
  • LeRoy Rowser – High school teacher and college baseball umpire
  • Olaun Simmons – Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas, VA
  • Talaun Simmons- Executive Director of Muslim Community Center for Human Services at University of Texas at Arlington
  • James Smith – National Business Development Manager for Sylvania Lighting and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Jeffrey Smith – Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Multicultural Programs at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Ema Temu – M.S., Certified Event and Wedding Planner and owner of Events by Ema in North Carolina
  • Andrew T. Wright – Founder of Young Scholars Mentoring Center Inc. and Master Barber
  • Danita Brown Young – Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at University of Minnesota


Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools